Kelley is the daughter of Shannon and David Kelley of Cleveland.
Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors young people across America for outstanding volunteer service.
Certificates of Excellence are granted to the top 10 percent of all Prudential Spirit of Community Award applicants in each state and the District of Columbia.
President’s Volunteer Service Awards recognize Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.
Lynne Middleton, Bradley County 4-H, nominated Kelley for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service where Middleton touted her for her ongoing work with disabled children as well as with providing funds and gifts to places like the Caring Place and New Hope Pregnancy Center, both in Cleveland.
Middleton said, “Jennings is one of those youth that I know will be successful no matter what. She has a powerful drive to make things better, she’s compassionate, and is very community-minded.”
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.
“We applaud each of these young people for their exemplary volunteer service,” said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld. “They use their time and talents to make a meaningful difference in their communities, and we hope their example inspires others to do the same.”
“By going above and beyond in their volunteer service, these students have brought positive change to communities across the country,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “Congratulations to each and every one of them on this well-deserved honor.”
Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and HandsOn Network affiliates. These schools and officially designated local organizations nominated Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging.
In addition to granting Certificates of Excellence and President’s Volunteer Service Awards on behalf of President Barack Obama, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees and Distinguished finalists. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.